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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Royals finally serious about rebuilding

Hey, better late than never. Sam Mellinger:
Well, of course it could get worse. But how much worse, really? It's not like the Royals traded any great players, and there's a pretty good chance that Ka'aihue is going to produce roughly as many runs as Jose Guillen would.

Let's say it does get worse. What does that mean? They finish this season with 100 losses rather than 95? Fifth place rather than fourth? Will anybody really notice? Yes, some of the fans who asked for this might be disappointed by 100 losses. But it's the fans who don't know enough to want a good solid housecleaning who are more likely to be disappointed, because they won't understand that sometimes you have to lose before you can win. Which is, it should be said, something that the Royals' management doesn't seem to have understood for some time now.

Once you make the leap, though? Things can turn around in a hurry. Prospects pan out, you catch a few breaks, your ace remembers what made him a Cy Young Award winner ... I don't see the Royals catching the Twins anytime soon. But if Mission 2012 is reaching .500, it's far from impossible.